This first for Scandinavia was found by local birder Rolf Christensen who very humbly has nicknamed himself "probably the best birder in Denmark". The only other record from northern Europe is from Helgoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1st june 1877.
This record fell within a truly terrific period for rare birds in Denmark with American Plover at Vest Stadil Fjord on 26/5, White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-headed Bunting in Blåvand on 28/5, Semipalmated Sandpiper at Sneum on 30/5-1/6, Cinereous Bunting 28-29/5 and Western Bonellis Warbler on 31/5 both in Skagen!
I had been to a carneval in Aalborg on the 28th and was not able to go Skagen before the 29th. Luckily the bird had not gone over night and gave excellent views.....
Cinereous Bunting - Gulgrå Værling - (Emberiza cineracea), 2cy male ssp. semenowi, 28-29/5-2005, Grenen, Skagen. Photos: RSN.
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